Move into Restoration

23rd MAY, 2021

Christ for Youth International

And Naomi said, see, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law. And Ruth said, urge me not to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. [b]Your people shall be my people and your God my God. [Ruth 1: 15–16 AMPC]

From the introductory scripture, we get to playback a brief, yet important dialogue between Naomi, a grieving mother and wife, and her bereaved daughter-in-law, Ruth. It began with a question the former posed in response to Ruth’s decision to cling to her during what should have been her departure. Now, it is worth remembering that there was a famine. Naomi was now a widow, with barely a barley to her name. She had no more sons who might have been eligible bachelors for Ruth, yet Ruth decided to stay.

Life can be so full of uncertainties. Some of the heaviest burdens we carry sometimes are the burden of not knowing what comes next. We place a lot of confidence in our stability and security, and losing them shakes our world. We pull out our long list of questions for God when something like that happens. Someone whose name (Naomi) meant ‘pleasant’, now felt the need to respond to a name (Mara) meaning which meant ‘bitter’. How often do we allow situations to define us? It definitely may hurt in the moment, or for a while.

Naomi practically lost her family and all she had left were memories. It was so easy to wallow in self-pity and possibly stay at one place till her passing. However, when the need came to move, she moved. You have been in this parched land for too long, move! Scripture talks about how she heard the news of how the Lord had visited His people in Judah and had given them food [ Ruth 1:6 AMPC].

We realise that once Naomi moved, her healing started. Ruth chose her, chose her people and chose her God. She was no longer alone; she had someone who still loved her unconditionally. She also found a kinsman of her deceased husband who was very kind to her. Through this man’s generosity, she had access to food. Her daughter-in-law, Ruth, got married again and bore her a grandson. Naomi’s life was restored when she moved to where the Lord was at work. Move towards where the Lord is at work, and you will find restoration for your life.

Dear Father, thank You for leading me out of my pain. Thank You for restoring to me, the life You have planned for me. I am divinely helped and favoured. May I see what You are teaching me, through every situation.

Further Reading: Job 42

Bible In One Year: Psalms [23–26]

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